Design Theory

  • Design Theory
    Is Digital Art "Real" Art? Facts and Myths About Digital CreatingDigital art myths prev
    Can you be a great digital artist when you don't how to draw with a pencil? Do you need expensive equipment for digital art? And what is the best way to learn it? The answers may be surprising!Read More…
  • Adobe Illustrator
    Get Under the Hood with Vector Wire Frames: All About Outline ModeUntitled 2
    Breaking down the how, what, and why of Outline Mode in Adobe Illustrator. Outline Mode is a path-only, wire-frame view of your vector work. Read More…
  • Print Design
    3 Tips for Building a Cohesive Design Across Your Print DesignsPreview img
    Discover how to create consistent print designs with varying sizes and formats.Read More…
  • Typography
    Understanding Auto, Optical and Metrics Kerning in Adobe IllustratorPreview image
    What’s with all of the kerning options in Adobe Illustrator? Is one better than the other? Which type of kerning should I choose? Does it matter? In this article, I will demystify the kerning choices available in Illustrator.Read More…
  • Pixel Art
    Create an Isometric Pixel Art Character in Adobe Photoshop00 preview io
    Get started with isometric pixel art and create your first isometric pixel art character in Adobe Photoshop.Read More…
  • Drawing Theory
    10 Tricks From 3D Modeling That You Can Use in Digital PaintingPhotoshop effective painting prev
    It's time to change your workflow to paint more effectively in Adobe Photoshop.Read More…
  • Pixel Art
    What's the Deal With Pixel Art?Preview2
    A breakdown of what pixel art is, its history, and common uses in and out of the gaming industry.Read More…
  • Inkscape
    The A to Z of InkscapeA to z icon
    When a glossary just won't cut it, it's time to take a look at this A to Z that covers just about every tool in Inkscape.Read More…
  • Color Theory
    6 Beginner “Safety First” Color Guidelines for the WebColor preview
    In this tutorial I’ll be sharing with you six sure fire, “can’t go wrong” guidelines you can follow to get a foundational grasp on working with color in web design.Read More…
  • Theory
    Photoshop VS InDesign: Which is Best for Print Design?Preview image 400
    Adobe InDesign is without a doubt my usual go-to tool for prepping print designs. Books, magazines, flyers, stationery - you name it, InDesign is a great choice for tackling print projects like these. That being said, Photoshop can be equally good as, and in some cases better than, InDesign for accomplishing certain tasks that can help you to achieve your desired printed result. It certainly shouldn’t be overlooked!Read More…
  • Design Theory
    Create Color Swatches For Your Designs From a PhotographChoosing colors preview
    Lost on how to pick colors for your print design projects? Discover how to use photographs as inspiration for colors and how to apply them to your designs.Read More…
  • Design Theory
    Teach Yourself Graphic Design: A Self-Study Course OutlinePreview day8
    Fortunately, it isn't required to go to design school in order to be a graphic designer. A good foundation in graphic design history, theory, and practical application will help you hit the ground running. There are plenty of resources available in which you can learn graphic design on your own. Don't set your expectations to high at first, as it will take enthusiastic study for years to become great. You can do it though! If you would like to learn graphic design from the ground up, through self directed study, then this article lists some great resources that will get you started with your design education. Also, even if you do go to design school, at least three-fifths of your education will be through self directed study anyway. Let's get to it!Read More…